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Elderly man found incompetent to stand trial in bicyclist's death


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The elderly man charged with driving onto a bicycle path and hitting and killing a bicyclist has been found not competent to stand trial.

A judge made that ruling Thursday in the case of Archie Van Wormer of Eau Claire. The ruling came after testimony from a psychiatrist that the 90-year-old man has dementia, suffered a stroke three years ago, and is unlikely to regain competency.

Eau Claire County District Attorney Brian Wright says the family of victim Kirk Cartwright accepts the resolution reached today.

"They are very upset with Mr. Van Wormer, they lost a very close son and brother, and I give them a lot of credit for recognizing this is an unusual situation where we have someone who is 90-years-old and suffering from dementia," says Wright.

The judge ordered that Van Wormer must continue to live in the assisted living facility where he was moved to after the June crash. He cannot have access to cars or car keys, and must get a competency exam every six months. Wright says those conditions will protect the public.

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